Anthony Forster Biography
Widely acclaimed British watercolour artist Anthony Forster was born in 1941,
in Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, between the moorlands and the once smoke laden skies of the bustling six towns that form the Potteries.
In the 1950's attending the Staffordshire Junior Art school "Portland House" and from there on to Burslem College of Art in Queen street, stomping ground of another Smallthorne born artist Arthur Berry.
From 1960 until 1967, he worked as a premiere ceramic artist in the prestigious Flambe department at Royal Doulton, Burslem, experiencing the giant pottery industry first hand. An active member of the Royal Doulton Art Society, for several years, Forster exhibited in the Society's annual exhibition - often as a prizewinner.
Between 1967 and 1973 he was a draughtsman honing his artistic skills with the accurate drawing required in the drawing offices of industrial giant GEC at Stafford as a layout draughtsman and technical illustrator.
1967 was a happy year with a wedding in March, beginning a new life with his new wife Jill, a new home a new job and in December a new baby girl, Stephanie.
August 1970 saw the arrival of their second child another beautiful daughter Justine.
In 1972 tragedy struck the young Forster family - Jill, his wife, was taken ill and diagnosed a victim of Multiple Sclerosis, their daughters Stephanie and Justine were aged 4 and 2.
Due mainly to his wife's failing health they decided a job nearer to home was neccessary, so from 1973 to 1977 he worked as a layout draughtsman for Simon Hartley's of Etruria which was less than five minutes drive away from their home.
For six years, from October 1977, Anthony stayed at home to look after his family.
Jill passed away three days before Christmas 1983, aged 39 .
In September 1984, his first major one-man exhibition was staged, dedicated to the memory of his beloved Jill. It was opened by Sir Richard Bailey CBE, then chairman of Royal Doulton, at the gallery of Hood and Broomfield in Newcastle under Lyme.
One of England's foremost narrative artists, he has never lost his love for the county of his birth, up to Summer 2012 he lived and worked from his studio in May Bank, a district less than a mile north of Newcastle-under-Lyme. A move to the USA is expected in January of 2013.
Forster's impressive body of work includes the scenes of the North Staffordshire towns, the Potteries, also the moorlands and the beautiful, ever-changing countryside that links them. From windswept moors to rolling pastures, his paintings delightfully convey Staffordshire's infinite charm and surprise, evoking the simplicity of rural life and the bustle of the Potteries towns.
Since 1984 working closely with his agents/publishers Hood and Broomfield, Forster has produced hundreds of paintings. Many of these images being published as Limited Edition Prints have reached thousands of satisfied collectors of his work all over the world.
Between 1989 and 1994 Royal Doulton commissioned twelve paintings, comprising three series, each containing four works. The first four plates were produced in 1989 under the series title "Village Life". These were so well received by collectors, that in response to popular demand a further four plates were introduced in 1993.
The theme was developed and the following year saw the introduction of another set of four, equally delightful, plates with the new series title of "Farmyard Companions", adding to an ever increasing range of collectable representations of Forster's work on china.
These last four were also published by Hood and Broomfield, introducing their "Signet" series of fine art prints.
The book by Michael Doulton ... "Discovering Royal Doulton" shows the 2nd. set of four plates, and comments on the long-standing association that Forster has had with the firm, having at one time been an artist in the prestigious and world famous "Flambe" department at the Nile Street works in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.
He no longer teaches watercolour painting at any North Staffs venues, but still administers an on-line watercolour class.
Early in 2013 he will be joining his eldest daughter and family in the Sacramento area of California's central valley. Painting in watercolours and perhaps watercolour tuition will continue to be his main interest and of course photography and website design.
To view photographs of the Sacramento Valley near to where Tony will be living, visit
the website of Photographer Stephen Fischer. For views of The American River
|Well I finally made it - I'm here in California
I arrived in San Francisco International on Tuesday January 8th. we were met by Paul and Margaret (Maggie.) Then drove up the interstate 80 to Citrus Heights,in Sacramento County where My daughter Steph' lives with her family, we will be staying here for several weeks, until we find a house to suit our combined needs.
I will eventually be making frequent visits to the FairOaks art scene.
Susan Sarback's School of Light & Color
10030 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
and fellow artist
Bobbi Baldwin at
Baldwin fine Art
Notes from Tony:-
Sacramento County in the Sacramento Valley will be where I'm heading. As this is soon to be my home. I will add a few links of interest. Fair Oaks is a splendid place to live and has many historical snippets worthy of adding here.
The famous Red Bridge. Has been the subject of many articles and is a favourite place to visit for locals and out of towners.
And of course there are the feral Chickens of Fair Oaks.
An interesting history of the Fair Oaks bluffs can be seen here -
Saving the FAIR OAKS BLUFFS
I will soon have a web-page added to this domain with details of the first few months of my experiences settling in to Citrus Heights and then the move to Fair Oaks with several photos to add a touch of interest. Jan. 25th.2013.
Until then, here are a few of my recent photos as a slide show of the American River Parkway and also several views of Citrus Heights
If like me you occasionally miss the legendary North Staffordshire Oatcake
with melted cheese: crispy bacon; mushrooms and branston pickle -
you really must go to :
I feel duty bound to add this link to my web page for all expats of